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Difference between CAD/CAM and CIM CAD/CAM involves the use of computers to make design and manufacturing more

profitable. CIM is a process of using computers and communications network to transform island of enabling technologies into a highly interconnected manufacturing system. Parts of CIM use CAD/CAM techniques and products to try and make the factory fully connected using computers. The essential difference is CAD/CAM provides the tools, CIM is the philosophy which is used when organizing the computers, programs, etc. and all the information that flows between them. Another way to think of CIM is that it allows the structure of an organization to be entered into the computers.CIM focuses on connecting the various CAD/CAM modules.

Engineering Analysis software on CAD systems

FloEFD FloEFD is the computational fluid dynamics analysis tool that is embedded into major CAD systems. These include Pro/ENGINEER, CATIA, Siemens NX and SolidWorks; and tight integration with Inventor and SolidEdge. FloEFD is a full-featured 3D fluid flow, heat transfer analysis package that is both fast to learn and to use because it doesnt come with the numerical complexity and meshing overheads of traditional high-end CFD.

LS-Dyna LS-DYNA is a general-purpose finite element program capable of simulating complex real world problems. It is optimized for shared and distributed memory Unix, Linux, and Windows based, platforms, and it is fully QA'd by LSTC. The code's origins lie in highly nonlinear, transient dynamic finite element analysis using explicit time integration. "Nonlinear" means at least one (and sometimes all) of the following complications:

Changing boundary conditions (such as contact between parts that changes over time) Large deformations (for example the crumpling of sheet metal parts) Nonlinear materials that do not exhibit ideally elastic behavior (for example thermoplastic polymers)

"Transient dynamic" means analyzing high speed, short duration events where inertial forces are important. Typical uses include:

Automotive crash (deformation of chassis, airbag inflation, seatbelt tensioning) Explosions (underwater Naval mine, shaped charges) Manufacturing (sheet metal stamping)